Elmont, New York – On Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to check out some problem areas from their roster.
They led 1-2-0 in their second back-to-back game this season. Although the record is not bad on the surface, but in the same game, they wasted a two-goal lead against the weaker Buffalo Papiers in the third quarter and won the only victory.
The Maple Leafs team also hopes to have a better performance in front of rookie goalkeeper Joseph Wall, who won his first NHL victory in the aforementioned game.
Both tasks have been completed.
Wall made 20 saves in the 3-0 game on Long Island, completing his first NHL lockout. His team defends closely by his side, hoping to make up for the way they played in front of him eight days ago.
Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keef said of his goalkeeper: “He made a few saves very early. In my opinion, he looks confident and comfortable in front of the net.” “And I think this. It also gave our team confidence.”
The Maple Leafs came out of the gate, evenly matched. Faced with a 3-on-4 penalty shootout at the beginning of the game, Toronto prevented the Islanders from going online. Defensive player Jack Muzin found Mitch Manner’s exit pass at 3:31 to achieve the goal of understaffed.
“It also started with Kampfer,” Marner said of the penalty killer David Kampf, who handed the puck to Muzzin. “The hockey puck is low and there are three people on his back. Over time, he worked very hard to bring the hockey puck back to our D-man.”
This season, Toronto’s penalty kick percentage has increased to 88.7%, ranking third in the NHL.
Since then, Leafs has continued to lock it in a game for the Islanders where six regulars were absent due to the COVID-19 agreement.
Keef adjusted his three routes in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Michael Bunting moved from the fourth line to the first line, skating with Marner and Auston Matthews.
In the third quarter, Bunting assisted Mana to score the second goal of the game.
“Bunts works very hard and he is the low-profile main force,” Marner said of Bunting. “He is also very good at protecting that hockey puck. He will find that little secret spot on the ice.”
Another route change saw Nick Ridge taxiing with Ondrej Kase and Kampf. Keefe said that although he liked what Pierre Engvall provided on the check line, he wanted to keep Ritchie and Kase together because they were playing with the Anaheim Ducks.
Rich connected on a tic-tac-toe goal from Kampf to Kase, 2-0 Toronto in the third quarter.
The Islanders participated in the COVID-19 agreement without the six regular players. This gives Keefe confidence in changing the forward line.
Despite his fifth goal of the season and his team’s 3-0 lead, Kase sacrificed his body late in the game. He blocked a shot, forcing him to go to the locker room briefly.
All this is to have a better performance in front of Wall.
Wall said: “It’s unbelievable, especially when you see the game almost over 3-0, you see the players fall and block shots.” “I think it’s really special. I think it’s a testament to the culture. How strong it is and everyone loves to support everyone very much.”
When the horn at the end of the game sounded, Wall’s teammates gathered around him to celebrate. Wayne Symonds made sure to pick up the game puck.
When evaluating the Maple Leafs’ performance in Wall, it is difficult to judge based on his performance in Buffalo. Although he won, the numbers still need to be improved and the team did not perform well in front of him.
Nevertheless, when they reviewed the video of the game and wanted to give him another chance, the Leafs saw something in Wall. When he needed it, Wall made a save. He may only start again, because before Peter Mrazek is expected to recover from a groin injury, the team still has a back-to-back set.
But Wall has proved his ability when called upon in a short period of time. This is a good thing for a team that used to train goalkeepers in this system.
And he has NHL history because he became the first goalkeeper in NHL history to record a lockout in the brand new UBS Arena.
“It’s obviously cool,” Wall said. “It’s so special to be able to play in a cool skating rink with a crowd that really fits into it.”